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Duke Energy Progress: Weather raises rates

Posted: 07/01/2014 - Duke Energy said Tuesday that a typical residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month will see the bill increase by 14 cents from $104.88 to $105.02.

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Supreme Court makes changes to health care law requirement

Updated: 07/01/2014 - A big win Monday for some employers and their fight against parts of the Affordable Health Care Act. The nation's highest court rules it's not a company's job to pay for contraceptives. News 12 is on your side breaking down the ruling, what it means for you, and what happens next

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12 OYS: Disgruntled diner pays $285 bond for $8 hot wings order

Updated: 06/28/2014 - A customer unhappy with his hot wings order, ends up in the slammer. 28-year old Marcus Collins is charged with disorderly conduct. He is accused of not liking what he was served, and he ended up serving some time.

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Project Jackson hasn't struck out yet, but it did see another curve ball

Updated: 06/27/2014 - Project Jackson hasn't struck out yet, but it did see another curve ball. Steve Donahue, the man who is suing the city over their plan to pay for the stadium is now facing a lawsuit himself. The lawsuit says Donahue's fight against North Augusta is stopping developers from buying 25 acres to get the ball rolling. The mayor says the project is still on and the city has nothing to do with the latest case.

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12 OYS: Concerns about I-20 bridge safety following tractor trailer crash

Updated: 06/26/2014 - Thousands of drivers cross the Savannah River everyday, and even if it is not your usual route, no doubt you have driven over that same bridge at some point. Thursday morning's accident there is certainly not the first. Georgia's Department of Transportation has been looking at this very spot for a while now. A study was completed several years ago that called for replacing the bridge, but it appears unlikely any time soon.

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2 top Veterans Affairs officials leaving jobs

Posted: 06/25/2014 - Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson made the moves less than a month after he replaced Eric Shinseki as head of the agency. Shinseki resigned after apologizing for the agency's problems.

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12 OYS: Apartment complex keeps $400 deposit; no lease signed, says woman

Updated: 06/23/2014 - A mother is trying to recoup her $400 first month's rent on an apartment after her son changed his mind. But here is the catch. She said she never signed a lease agreement. So how can they complex keep her money? We did some digging and found that just because you did not sign a lease, does not mean you are entitled to any money back.

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Air bag recall spreads to more automakers

Updated: 06/23/2014 - The government opened an investigation this month after getting six reports of air bags rupturing. It estimates 1.1 million vehicles in the U.S. could be affected.

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Military considers shopping perk for most veterans

Posted: 06/23/2014 - The Army & Air Force Exchange Service director proposed the change as a way to show appreciation for veterans and to offset a loss of revenue as troops return from overseas where they had few alternatives but to shop at the military retail stores.

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VA falls short on female medical issues

Posted: 06/23/2014 - An Associated Press review finds nearly one in four VA hospitals does not have a fulltime gynecologist on staff, and 15 percent of community-based clinics do not have designated women's health providers.

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VA challenged on handling of whistleblower charges

Posted: 06/23/2014 - He is agreeing with the federal official responsible for investigating complaints from government whistleblowers that the VA hasn't taken those complaints seriously.

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12 OYS: Charlie Norwood VA leaders call federal audit misleading

Updated: 06/19/2014 - Charlie Norwood VA Hospital leaders are calling data in a recent federal audit, misinformation. That audit released last week reported newly registered vets who have been waiting a decade for an appointment. VA leaders admit problems still exist, but major improvements have been made since 3 veteran deaths last year.

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12 OYS: Mom banned from daughter's school settles lawsuit with district

Updated: 06/18/2014 - Tanya Mount sued her daughter's elementary school after getting banned for posting a picture of her Georgia Weapons Carry License on Facebook. Now Mount has settled with the Richmond County School District. News 12 was the first to break the story that went viral internationally last October. After an 8 month-long battle against the school district, Mount said it was her decision to put this case behind her, and move on with her life.

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12 OYS: Renter fuming after kerosene used to kill bed bugs, she says

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Updated: 06/17/2014 - A renter said what began as a bed bug problem, turned into something much more toxic. Sonji Brantley said a maintenance crew used what she said was "kerosene" to treat the pests, and that left her fuming over the fumes. When our investigative news crew showed up at the apartment, there was an overpowering chemical smell coming from inside that unit.

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Senate bill could cost $50 billion per year veterans' health

Updated: 06/17/2014 - But the Senate bill also would devote at least $1 billion to leasing 26 facilities in 17 states and Puerto Rico for use as new VA hospitals or clinics and $500 more million for hiring more VA doctors and nurses. Declaring the long appointment waits an emergency, the Senate averted having to raise taxes or find spending cuts elsewhere to cover the bill’s costs.

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12 OYS: Cellphone service accused of not delivering on promise; no refund says woman

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Updated: 06/16/2014 - It was a deal too good to pass up. But after paying for a new phone plan, A Warrenville woman is having regrets. Queen Colter said the phones did not work, and she has not received a refund. We investigated the company that sent Colter the brochure in the mail, and what we uncovered had her wishing she had thrown it away.

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Sen. Tim Scott wants SC veteran facility audit

Updated: 06/12/2014 - Data released Monday showed patients seeking care through Columbia's VA hospital wait an average of 77 days for their first appointment with a primary care doctor — more than five times longer than the department's goal.

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12 OYS: Simple debit card transaction could leave your money in limbo

Updated: 06/11/2014 - An Augusta woman is accusing a local hotel of withdrawing every penny out of her bank account, and leaving her with no place to stay. Pearly Landers said it happened after she tried to reserve another week on the room she was living in. News 12 is showing you how a simple misstep could put your bank account on hold.

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FBI opens criminal probe of VA

Posted: 06/11/2014 - The move comes as Congress takes steps to help thousands of military veterans who've been dealing with long wait times for VA medical care.

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12 OYS: Vet waits 9 months for appointment; VA audit reveals scheduling issues

Updated: 06/10/2014 - A federal audit of Augusta's VA hospital is uncovering extensive issues with patient scheduling and procedures. News 12 first exposed serious problems at the facility after 3 patients died due to a lack of proper medical care. On Tuesday, a bill co-sponsored by Congressman John Barrow passed unanimously in the House. The bill would allow veterans waiting longer than what is acceptable, to seek medical care outside the VA system. The VA would foot the bill.

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